Richard J. Rushmore, Jr. of Apalachicola, and Hampden, Maine, and Pemaquid Point, Maine passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 after a three-year battle with cancer.
He was born in Morristown, New Jersey, the son of Dr. Richard J. Rushmore, Sr., and Eunice Helme Rushmore.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kathleen P. Rushmore, of Apalachicola; two sons, Jarrett Rushmore and his wife, Christine Kannier, and Jonathan Rushmore and his wife, Motoko Mitarai; and his grandchildren, Henry, Madeline, Aven and Drew; a brother, Thomas Rushmore and a sister, Susan Rushmore.
Dick graduated from Trinity College with a bachelor of arts in economics and earned his masters of business administration in transportation and public utilities at The Wharton School of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
Dick began his transportation career as a trainmaster for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Ashtabula, Ohio. He then moved to New York and became vice-president – finance, in the corporate loan department of surface transportation at Citibank.
Leaving life in the big city, he moved to Vermont to be revenue forecaster for the State of Vermont. He also brought an old farmhouse in need of restoration which was set on 88 acres. He now had enough space to garden, cross country ski and drive his Ford 9N tractor.
He moved to Maine where he was vice-president- finance of Coles Enterprises in Bangor. Again, he brought another farmhouse on 128 acres. The Ford 9N was replace by a John Deere and the gardens and fields grew.
Dick always loved to travel, so it was no surprise that his next venture was senior vice-president, finance, and administration of Bar Harbor Airlines and Eastern Express and as president of Providence Boston Airline.
He then became vice-president and general manager of Continental Express, at its Newark, New Jersey hub. He was in charge of the Northern and Southern Divisions and assumed responsibility for the entire east in 1990.
Dick joined the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad as vice president marketing and sales. He was then appointed vice president finance & administration, chief financial officer and treasurer of the Bangor & Aroostook System. He continued in that capacity for Montreal, Maine and Atlantic until his retirement. During this time, not only did he establish a reputation as an astute businessman, he now brought fresh produce from his garden to all the employees.
Dick also served on the board of birectors of several non-profit organizations in the Bangor area.
Upon retirement, he moved to “The Forgotten Coast” in Apalachicola. He continued to fish, ride his bike, walk the beaches, and settle into the lovely historic waterfront town.
He was an active member of the leadership and choir of the Hampden Highland United Methodist Church in Hampden, Maine and, later, a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and its choir in Apalachicola.
Dick also enjoyed returning each year to the family summer cottage on the coast at Pemaquid Point, Maine. He will miss fishing from the rocks, eating lobster and all the memorable times shared with his family.
Dick’s wife and sons were a very important part of his life. Sharing the family meal together, canoeing up the Souadabscook stream, attending the Boy Scout Camping Jamboree or walking the fields with the family dog, Lindsey, gave him real pleasure. Even the chore of cutting, splitting, and stacking wood was wonderful with his sons beside him. He loved travelling to many countries with Kathy. Hiking, biking, and enjoying an evening stroll together topped his list.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick’s memory may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, Apalachicola; Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church, Hampden, Maine; or Big Bend Hospice, Tallahassee.